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The Fashion Memo

What to wear to work out

All pieces, The Upside

2020 was the year of the at-home workout. As gyms shuttered, we became dynamic in our approach to physical fitness, with our living rooms or spare bedrooms doubling up as a place for Pilates or HIIT. And having the right kit is as essential to this new exercise regimen as having the correct equipment. So, whether you’re a rookie runner or a boxing enthusiast, here’s everything you need to get motivated for that endorphins hit



No doubt the renewed popularity of running has more than a little to do with ‘runner’s high’ – that legendary rush of endorphins that results in a feeling close to euphoria. Whether you’re a regular runner or a recent convert, there’s no better incentive than chic gear to get you out the door. New York-based brand All Access creates gear that is perfect for pounding the city streets – its high-waisted leggings and bra top in a striking petrol blue make for a fresh alternative to black kits. Pair with Aarmy’s embroidered track jacket and APL Athletic Propulsion Labs’ sleek black running shoes for a chic workout look.


When you’ve made time to practice your yoga or Pilates, don’t let your focus drift due to uncomfortable kit. Instead, invest in second-skin separates that won’t slip when you’re in a downward dog or attempting a headstand. Aussie label The Upside has become a go-to for performance wear that looks stylish both on and off the mat. Take the brand’s high-waisted leggings and stretch sports bra: cast in a chic mauve hue with stripy accents, this two-piece is a failsafe way to supercharge your prana. Pointe Studio’s tie-dyed socks with rubber grips make getting into position on an array of home flooring much easier, while JW Anderson’s floral yoga mat will elevate your workout – the accompanying canvas mat-carrier makes for chic transportation once you do get back to class.

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From reducing blood pressure to boosting your metabolic rate, not to mention fat loss and muscle gain, the myriad benefits of high-intensity exercise – otherwise known as HIIT – are well known. HIIT sessions are notably shorter than other forms of exercise, but with everything from burpees and star jumps to squat thrusts on the agenda, it’s hard work. Dress the part in a monochrome two-piece by US brand Girlfriend Collective; its compressive black leggings and white crop top are consciously crafted from recycled water bottles, making them both supportive and sustainable. And make sure you stay hydrated with Glacce’s toxin-free glass bottle, which incorporates the healing properties of smoky quartz crystal – believed to promote relaxation and relieve anxiety.


Any wellness journey starts with the mind, so take a holistic approach by incorporating meditation into your fitness routine. Scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety, there’s never been a better time to give it a go – especially with apps like Calm and Headspace offering guided practices. Of course, there are no uniform requirements, but you’ll want to ensure you’re comfortable. JW Anderson’s open-backed cotton sweater and wide-legged pants are a fresh alternative to traditional sportswear that double up as an enviable off-duty outfit, whether you’re meditating or not. Unwind with some de-stressing oil and set the mood by lighting a scented candle for a little ambience – and just try to enjoy the moment.


Whether you’re a spinning fanatic whose Peloton habit has just kicked up a notch or an ardent cyclist who prefers to spend an hour cycling in the open air, riding a bicycle has been proven to release mood-enhancing neurochemicals like serotonin and dopamine into our blood. Meaning that getting on your bike is a pretty good idea right now – and there’s nothing to stop you making sure you’re still kitted out accordingly. Victoria Beckham wear-tests each piece of her Reebok collection to ensure maximum fit and functionality – the sleek cycling shorts and crop top make for a chic cycling look. Bang & Olufsen’s wireless headphones will pump out upbeat tunes to up the ante and help you get your sweat on. Afterwards, throw on The Upside’s jersey sweater. The sunny-yellow hue is guaranteed to match your mood.


Whether you’re a seasoned sparrer or new to the glove, there’s no denying that boxing gives a serious workout. This stress-relieving contact sport is proven to boost balance and posture while simultaneously strengthening the core – and the best thing is you don’t need a ring to practice it in. Boxing has experienced nothing short of a boom in recent months, with parks and green public spaces filled with those keen to take cardio classes outdoors. Look to Los Angeles-based label Year of Ours for gear that guarantees to perform; the lace-up ties at the waist will stop the compression leggings from moving around as you box, while the cropped top-style sports bra will provide support in style. Veja’s running shoes will give you some on-the-ground bounce for a sweat-intense workout – and, afterwards, shrug on Loewe’s cotton sweatshirt as your temperature starts to cool.


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